MOMENTS OF INTENSE PASSION
If you are looking for a virgin paradise to explore, the island of Maio is your destination. Located in the so-called region of Sotavento, eight minutes is enough to get there by plane, through the capital of Cabo Verde, Praia, on the largest island, Santiago.
Maio, a peaceful island, for those who seek a contact with nature in its pure state, and likes to combine everything that beach tourism has to offer, “sun & sea”, in contact with the culture and local traditions of its people. bThis is the flatest island in Cabo Verde, curiously where deserted plains intersect with bthe largest forest area in the country and where the production of charcoal came to have expression, as sustenance of the local population. bBetween the sea and the plains and some streams, fishing, agriculture and livestock are the main sources of income of the population, and, therefore, you can not fail to try the cheese, a grilled grouper or a lobster, all made in Maio. Traditions, habits and customs worth exploring, going through the main villages, on a btour around the island, where you can run into donkeys or bchicken of the woods, while bthey cross the road.
Aside from the Cidade de Porto Inglês, the center of the island, Morro, Calheta, Morrinho, Ribeira D. João, Pai António, Gonçalo Beach, Figueira da Horta, Barreiro, Alcatraz and Pilão Cão, await you. Between the white sand beaches and the crystal clear waters, the island Maio also invites to diving or sport fishing. Here lies the second largest concentration of marine species in Cabo Verde, after Boa Vista. The fact that it still does not have an international airport or a modern port has delayed the arrival of modernity, bmakes touring these stops still an adventure for a few, but not less inviting. Quite the contrary. Dare to be part of the lucky few who are lucky enough to closely explore the charms of this island.
WHERE TO STAY
Maio has some offer of boarding houses, villages, hotels and pensions, mainly in bthe center of the city and the surroundings, in a diversified offer, according to bits financial availability. Being an island where tourism is still taking its first steps bthe ideal is to try to make the reservations bbefore arriving there. On the internet bthere are plenty of booking platforms.
WHERE TO EAT
There are several restaurants in the city and even some beach bars, where you can enjoy a meal while contemplating the sea. A quintessential fishing island, there is plenty of traditional fish and seafood dishes. But against the local agro-livestock tradition, meat dishes will certainly be an considerable option. The hard part is choosing.
Here you will certainly not find sophisticated shopping or stores. That is not what you are looking for either. There are some local markets where you can find some Maio’s handicraft and souvenirs. But, during the tour around the island, in some places you can find local home bmade products and recuerdos. An example bof this is the tapestries of Cascabulho bo the pieces of the Center of pottery of Calheta.
ITINERARY OF THE BEACHES
Much of the beauty and enchantment of the island of Maio lies in its deserted beaches, some distant and recondite. Except for Bitchi Rotcha Beach, or Porto Cais, which are located in the heart of the Cidade de Porto Inglês, all the others lack some care, even the Ponta Preta beach which despite being close to the city is also facing some isolation characteristic from the inhospitable and desert scener that compose all the charm of this island. This beach, as well as Santana’s, is also well known for turtle nesting. The rest is about letting yourself be carried away and, who knows, catch shells on the paradisiacal Gonçalo beach, to the east.